Daytona SBK: Michael Jordan Suzuki Success
The Michael Jordan Motorsports (MJM) team had a successful weekend with new riders Ben Bostrom and Roger Lee Hayden at the first event of the 2011 AMA Pro National Guard Superbike Championship at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Both Suzuki superbike riders ran in the lead group on both days, with Bostrom finishing fourth on Friday and fifth on Sunday. Hayden raced to a fifth place on Friday, but suffered a minor tip-over in Saturday’s race and re-mounted to finish in 15th place.
On Friday, after qualifying fifth, Jordan Suzuki’s Bostrom got a great start on his Suzuki Superbike and slotted into fourth place. After losing contact with the front group, he fell back to fifth but was able to work his Suzuki GSX-R back up to cross the line in fourth. On Saturday, Bostrom was running in sixth when teammate Hayden crashed in the infield, promoting Bostrom to fifth, where he ultimately finished.
Ben Bostrom (Jordan Suzuki Superbike GSX-R1000) says: "I felt like the weekend was a big test. Each session we ran a different bike and each race we ran a different bike than we had run in the previous practice. Today we tried something pretty radical, and maybe one too many changes. I rode hard, and Roger rode with a lot of heart, too.
"I could see him almost crashing every lap, and I was having many moments. I kept my head down and hoped we’d catch the guys, and that’s the hardest I’ve ridden a motorcycle in awhile. We just had too many moments and fell back."
Roger Lee Hayden, on the National Guard Jordan Suzuki, had a front-row start for both races, after qualifying a strong third on Friday. In the first race, he ran with the leaders before finishing two seconds behind teammate Bostrom.
On Saturday, Hayden got a good start aboard the Suzuki Superbike and ran in fifth place until crashing unhurt in the west horseshoe turn. Hayden re-mounted and raced back up to finish 15th to garner valuable Superbike championship points.
Roger Lee Hayden (Jordan Suzuki Superbike GSX-R1000) says: "I got a pretty good start again today. We made some changes to the bike and it was better in some places and hurt us in a few others. I was just barely hanging on. I was pushing pretty hard. One of the tight corners in the back, I hit the paint on the inside and just lost the front end.
"It was a pretty easy crash. I bent the bars pretty bad, but I was able to get up and get going, and picked off a few guys and got a few points. I would have liked it to have been better, but I felt like the team and I can take a lot of positives from this weekend. We did run up front on my Suzuki, and we just have to keep improving and get closer to the guys. We still have some work to do. Daytona is behind us and we can keep moving forward."
The Michael Jordan Motorsports team’s next event of the 2011 AMA American Superbike Championship series is at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California, on May 13 – 15, 2011.